West Seattle, Washington
You can help give the West Seattle Art Walk a soundtrack – by donating to a new crowdfunding campaign. The announcement:
FUNDING MUSIC IN THE WEST SEATTLE JUNCTION.
The West Seattle Junction Association is planning a series of 5 musical performances — dubbed The Art of Music — that will take place in the West Seattle Junction on Second Thursday Art Walk evenings in the West Seattle Junction during August, September, October, November, and December. Efforts are underway to raise funds to make it possible for scheduled musicians to be paid for sharing their musical talents.
The Art of Music performances will complement the opportunity to view art on those evenings in addition to providing entertainment for those in the Junction for dining, shopping or just to be entertained. Individuals willing to help support this project with a donation are invited to visit the crowdfunding page set up here.
We’re told two of the performances would be outdoors, three indoors.
Two days – well, nights – until the June West Seattle Art Walk, with a warm Thursday night expected. You can make your plan now! The venues on the map – food/drink specials as well as art – are only the start:
Also on Thursday, you’re invited to HomeStreet Bank (4022 SW Alaska; WSB sponsor), where you can get in the mood for the West Seattle Garden Tour (June 23rd) by enjoying the art created for this year’s contest – plus, we’re told, “some additional works.” You are welcome to stop by the bank (which has plenty of parking) 5-7:15 pm Thursday, and help HomeStreet support the Garden Tour.
Another stop of interest: It’s the last Art Walk at Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW), which is closing soon. Wallflower will feature a retrospective by Jessica Creager. A closing sale is under way, too.
For other highlights, here’s a roundup on the Art Walk website.
6:37 PM: Couldn’t be a more perfect night to get out and enjoy art – it’s West Seattle Art Walk night!
Winning artist Sheila Lengle was there too; photo to come! Most WSAW venues are open at least until 8 – see the map and list in today’s highlights.
ADDED 7:55 PM: That’s Sheila above with son Rafferty and grandkids Lathan and Quinn. As reported here back in March, her artwork Garden Girl in Red Shades won the competition to be featured on this year’s poster and ticket book for WSGT (which is on June 23 this year). You’ll be able to bid for it during a silent auction on tour day, with proceeds going to this year’s tour beneficiaries.
No end in sight for the summery weather. So set aside some time to enjoy West Seattle Art Walk sights on Thursday (May 9th)!
LIVE PAINTING: Rachel Austin – a popular featured artist at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) – will be there Thursday night to show you how she does it. 5-8 pm, stop in at Click! to see her new collection, “a series inspired by my love of plants both in the garden and out in nature.”
Speaking of plants …
GARDEN TOUR FINALISTS: At CAPERS (4525 California SW), look ahead to next month’s West Seattle Garden Tour by enjoying the creations that won – or almost won – this year’s poster-art competition. Winner Sheila Lengle will be awarded her prize at 6 pm.
Here’s the full map/venue list:
As always, the Art Walk stretches beyond The Junction – to the south, you’ll find art and more at two WSB sponsors:
VISCON CELLARS: No tasting fee for Art Walk-ers! 5-9 pm, visit the cozy tasting room at 5910 California SW and enjoy the work of Jenna Howell.
CANNA: At Canna West Culture Shop (5435 California SW), 5-8 pm, meet artist Ira Feenstra.
Get other suggestions for stops on Art Walk night this Thursday via the official preview!
5:57 PM: Awesome night for art! The first spring 2019 West Seattle Art Walk is on, and our first photo is courtesy of Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), where Shelli Markee and her wire sculptures are featured until 8 tonight. Check out this post on the WSAW website for more highlights, plus the map and venue list – we’re off to make a few stops too.
6:49 PM: On the north end of The Junction, we visited West Seattle Art Nest (4138 California SW):
That’s calligrapher Claire Braby demonstrating her art.
7:17 PM: And a bit south, Maggie Sharar is at Hotwire Coffee:
Hotwire is at 4410 California. Art Walk is second Thursday every month – get out and explore!
6:15 PM: Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) shares that photo of artist Ryan McAbery, as the Valentine’s Day West Seattle Art Walk begins. Full info in our daily calendar highlights, including the venue map/list. More Art Walk coverage to come!
7:15 PM: We decided to visit a couple spots south of The Junction – above, that’s Ben Viscon pouring at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor). Since the snow aftermath is still rocking people’s worlds, his scheduled artist and chocolate-maker weren’t there after all, but his award-winning winery has libations for you until 8 pm.
8:49 PM: Out late? Canna West Seattle (5435 California SW; WSB sponsor) has a group show at its Canna Culture shop across the street, including the work you see above.
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) December 14, 2018
6:35 PM: “Sweet Christmastime,” to the tune of “Sweet Caroline,” is what the Silver Belles were singing when we found them in The Junction, where they’re scheduled to roam until about 8 pm, in honor of both Shop Late Thursday and the holiday West Seattle Art Walk.
Some of the shopping and art-admiring you can do is in the breezeway on the west side of the 4700 block of California:
Artist Stacey Sterling is there – she worked with community members to create a mural during last July’s West Seattle Summer Fest, and a short ceremony just officially commemmorated its placement in the breezeway. (More on that in a separate story tomorrow.)
Her photography, including Northwest rock icons of the ’90s, is on display at Easy Street all month long.
6:57 PM: Live painting – here’s Patrick Woods at Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW):
7:33 PM: Art Walk stretches beyond The Junction … you can stop for art and wine at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) – Megan Simmons is showing her work tonight:
7:58 PM: Back in The Junction, Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) is open until 9 tonight.
We asked co-proprietor John Smersh what’s hot so far this holiday-gift season. Handmade jewelry! They have an expanded selection, with two more local artists in the house tonight. One thing you can also count on Click! for – local-themed items:
And hey – we found Santa:
He’ll be back in The Junction tomorrow afternoon, for photos at HomeStreet Bank (41st/Alaska; WSB sponsor), 3-6 pm.
8:32 PM: We also stopped at CAPERS, hosting the second annual Abstract Invitational, including works by these artists:
One more Shop Late Thursday before Christmas. Two weekends, too! Lots of local independent retailers, in The Junction and beyond.
Before the night ends, a quick look ahead to a peak week for the West Seattle Junction Hometown Holidays (with WSB among the community co-sponsors)
COAT DRIVE, WITH COCOA: Set aside new or gently used coats and/or hats and/or gloves between now and Sunday and bring them to the West Seattle Farmers’ Market for this giving opportunity:
Just look for the West Seattle Kiwanis tent at the south end of the market, California/Alaska, 10 am-2 pm. And while you’re there …
SANTA BUS ENCORE! Missed the Santa Bus hosted by Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) last Sunday? Or, had so much fun you want to do it again? Also 10 am-2 pm this Sunday, also at the south end of the market, another round of free rides!
And before then:
HOLIDAY ART WALK: 5 pm “until late” on Thursday (December 13th), this is a fun night to browse and buy art, and enjoy food and drink specials. The official West Seattle Art Walk website has the previews.
MURAL UNVEILING: At 6 pm Thursday, be at the breezeway (west side of California SW between Puerto Vallarta and Northwest Art and Frame) for the unveiling of the community-created Summer Fest mural!
Artist Stacey Sterling will be there.
SHOP LATE THURSDAY: Also Thursday night – second-to-last Shop Late Thursday – here’s a preview of which businesses to visit! The Silver Belles will be caroling 6-8 pm, so keep an eye (and ear) out for them, too.
CASPAR BABYPANTS: Saturday night (December 15) at 6:30 pm, Verity Credit Union (WSB sponsor) presents the family-rock powerhouse at Easy Street Records (California/Alaska), free admission.
Check the WSB West Seattle Holiday Guide for even more holiday happenings!
As previewed this morning, it’s West Seattle Art Walk night!
Our first stop, Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor), where Chris Kelleher is live-painting. He’s scheduled to be there until 8. (You can also catch him Saturday afternoon during the Canna Culture grand opening at 5435 California SW.)
Big show at CAPERS (4525 California SW) – above, Marie Tornow is one of a roomful of artists showing tonight. It’s the second annual Abstract and Ceramics Invitational – also including Christine Olson:
It’s also an invitational – but in this case, for jewelry – at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) – with participating artists including Grace Matsumoto:
Every West Seattle Art Walk is cool – but you will want to make sure you don’t miss the next one, the Holiday Art Walk, December 13th!
Happy second Thursday! For starters on our highlight list, it’s West Seattle Art Walk night, 5 pm until late. This quarter’s map/venues:
Here are this month’s highlights! Venues spotlighted in that roundup include Verity Credit Union (with painter Chris Kelleher, 4505 California SW); Click! Design That Fits (“A Jewelry Invitational,” 4540 California SW); Wallflower Custom Framing (artist Tara McDermott, 4735 42nd SW); Viscon Cellars (artist Megan Simmons, 5910 California SW).
Also happening today/tonight:
TRIVIA AT WELCOME ROAD WINERY! 6 pm: “Bring a team or go solo and test your mad knowledge in categories ranging from food and wine to pop culture to Seattle history. It’s an always fun – and never truly serious – competition for bragging rights and prizes.” At Welcome Road Winery (WSB sponsor). RSVP to save your space – our calendar listing explains how. (3804 California SW)
MOVE OR REMODEL? 6 pm free workshop including reps from construction (WSB sponsor Niederberger Contracting), real estate, mortgage lending. At Graystone Mortgage in Jefferson Square. RSVP – our calendar listing explains how. (4726 42nd SW)
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: 6 pm at Southwest Library, the author series continues tonight with David Skover discussing his newest work, “Robotica: Free Speech & Artificial Intelligence.” Free. (9010 35th SW)
CHIEF SEALTH IHS PROSPECTIVE STUDENT NIGHT/SHOWCASE: 6:30-8 pm, 8th graders and their families are invited to come learn about Chief Sealth International High School and its programs. (2600 SW Thistle)
THE WHALE TRAIL: You’re invited to the 7 pm Orca Talk – at Dakota Place Park this time. Learn about “kin-directed prey-sharing behavior” and find out what’s new in the whale world. Ticket info in our calendar listing. (California/Dakota)
‘THE DETENTION LOTTERY’: 7:30 pm at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, “Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association (DNDA) partners with Global Law Advocates, PLLC and Casa Latina to present an interactive theater production designed to educate and empower the community on the U.S. Immigration enforcement system, and Immigrant protections and rights.” More info here. (4408 Delridge Way SW)
AS ALWAYS, YOU’LL FIND EVEN MORE … by browsing our complete calendar.
It’s a beautiful night to get out and see art … and artists! … from the fall West Seattle Art Walk list:
FRANCES SMERSH AT CLICK! DESIGN THAT FITS: “With a Little Help from My Friends” is the painting exhibition featured tonight at Click!, created by the shop’s co-proprietor Frances Smersh, photographed with friend and fellow artist Michelle Ting. As noted this week on the shop’s blog, this is Frances’s fourth year living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s, and while she has to rely more on family and friends for everyday assistance, she continues to shine with creative expression, including this work. Stop by before 8 tonight at 4540 California SW.
Also, two stops toward the south end:
BONNIE KATZ SAILORS @ MITSUI GROUP: Did you know that Fitness Together-West Seattle proprietor Bonnie Katz Sailors is also a visual artist? She’s featured tonight at Mitsui Real Estate Group until 8 pm (6021 California SW). Bonnie’s show “Postcards from Washington” is centered on her oil-painting landscapes.
MEGAN SIMMONS @ VISCON CELLARS: Stop in for wine – tasting fees are waived for those out on the Art Walk – at Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW) before 9 pm and meet Megan while admiring her paintings.
3 businesses mentioned above – Viscon Cellars, Click! Design That Fits, Fitness Together-West Seattle – are WSB sponsors.
The cover image for the map/postcard promoting this quarter’s West Seattle Art Walk events – starting with tomorrow night’s WSAW – always has a backstory. This time around, there’s a lot to tell.
The image is a painting by Frances Smersh, the West Seattle artist who is co-proprietor of Junction shop Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) with her husband John Smersh. She is also this month’s featured WSAW artist there, so you can visit Frances and her work there Thursday night (October 11th) 5-8 pm.
Writing on the Click! blog this week, they explain that the disease has continued to progress. “This last year Frances has struggled with more challenges that the disease has presented, and found that art is an area that she can still thrive. … With painting as her primary focus for most of the last year, she’s produced an impressive body of work!”
You can see the show during tomorrow’s Art Walk. The update continues, “She has titled her show ‘With a Little Help from my Friends,’ an acknowledgement of the extra assistance she now needs.”
After details on how Frances is doing now, the update explain how that assistance is more vital than ever:
If you or someone you know would enjoy spending time or sharing a meal with (or providing a meal for) Frances, please reach out to John and let him know what you would be up for. She loves being with people and is pretty game for most activities. Friends have started a GoFundMe page in hopes of helping with some of the extra expenses they now face; donations of any amount are hugely appreciated.
Read the full update here. And go see Frances’s show at Click! on Thursday night, 4540 California SW, 5-8 pm.
7:03 PM: Toast the end of summer by visiting the Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) tasting room during tonight’s West Seattle Art Walk – not only can you have a glass of wine, you can also admire Debbie Bianchi‘s paintings. The tasting room will be open until 9 pm. You can also wander through The Junction, where WSAW venues include Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor):
Erik Railton is there, showing paintings. He describes his recent work as “based on nature being made into geometric shapes and colors.” Read more about it here.
9:04 PM: We made one more stop:
That’s Michelle Salazar with work from her show “Last Dance” at Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW; WSB sponsor). If you missed getting out on the Art Walk tonight, you can still enjoy most of the displays all month long during participating venues‘ regular business hours!
BIG day/night ahead! First, West Seattle Summer Fest Eve, with street closures in The Junction starting as soon as 4 pm, so festival setup can begin. It’s also become a fun night for locals to wander – and this time, there’s more than ever.
CHALK ART: At the locations on the map below, you’ll find chalk artists starting at 6 pm – you’re invited to join them!
BUBBLEMAN: The popular performer will be at California/Alaska starting at 6:30 pm.
YADDA YADDA BLUES BAND: They’re playing outside West 5 (4539 California SW; WSB sponsor) starting at 7 pm.
In The Junction and beyond, second Thursday means …
WEST SEATTLE ART WALK: Here’s the new venue list/map:
Note that some venues have artists, some have food/drink specials to enhance your Art Walk night, some have both! It starts at 5 pm and goes “until late,” depending on the venue. This month’s highlights are listed here, including the Art Walk debut of Verity Credit Union (4505 California SW; WSB sponsor), where artist Sarah Ghanooni and musician Gretchen Yanover will be featured 5:30-7:30 pm. Also, Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) will host Erica Gordon of Steel Toe Studios, 5-9 pm.
Remember that, as you can see on the list/map, Art Walk stretches beyond The Junction – for example, Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW; WSB sponsor) is a regular participant, waiving tasting fees for Art Walk’ers, and this month featuring artist Debbie Bianchi 6-9 pm.
What else is up today/tonight, you ask?
LOW, LOW TIDE: Just minutes before we published this, today’s lowest low tide bottomed out at -3.3 feet. Until 12:30 pm, you can meet up with Seattle Aquarium volunteer beach naturalists at Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) and Lincoln Park (near Colman Pool).
COLMAN POOL CLOSED TODAY … to the general public. Swim-meet closures continue through Saturday (July 14th) and the pool will be back to its regular schedule Sunday (then two more closure dates, July 20-21).
WADING POOLS OPEN TODAY: From the city list – Lincoln Park (until 8 pm; 8011 Fauntleroy Way SW); EC Hughes (noon-7 pm; 2805 SW Holden); Hiawatha (noon-6:30 pm; Walnut/Lander)
QUAIL PARK MEMORY CARE OF WEST SEATTLE OPEN HOUSE: 1-4 pm, it’s the first public open house for Quail Park Memory Care of West Seattle (WSB sponsor) – refreshments, music, even face painting! (4515 41st SW)
LITTLE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP: 6 pm at Bar-S, cheer on the West Seattle Little League 11-12 All-Stars as they go for the district championship! (64th SW/SW Admiral Way)
CHRIS DORMAIER: The founder of SoundYoga (WSB sponsor) is the spotlighted author for tonight’s Words, Writers, West Seattle at Southwest Library, 6-7:30 pm. (9010 35th SW)
GENESEE-SCHMITZ ICE CREAM SOCIAL: The Genesee-Schmitz Neighborhood Council invites you to an ice-cream social, 6:30 pm-dusk. (Future park at 48th/Charlestown)
THE SLAGS: Live, local favorites at Poggie Tavern in The Junction, with guests Snowday, 9 pm! (4717 California SW)
SO MUCH MORE … just go see our complete calendar page!
(WSB photo from past Summer Fest Eve – when you can wander in the streets, enjoy music, and more)
The night before West Seattle Summer Fest – this year, that’s Thursday, July 12th – has evolved into a street party all its own, and this year it’s getting bigger. Here’s one way: As usual, it’s also West Seattle Art Walk night, and this year along with the ongoing venues, there’ll be art in – and on – the streets! If you’re an artist, you’re invited to apply to be part of it. Here’s the announcement:
We are looking for artists to take it to the streets and create chalk art for our July 12th edition of the West Seattle Art Walk. We’ll be closing down the street in preparation for Summer Fest, the biggest party of the year! We’ll provide the chalk, the space, and promotion on social media; you will provide your artistic talent. Artists will be drawing on the streets from 6-8 pm.
We will select up to eight artists and close submissions on July 6th with jury-selected artists notified on July 9th. If selected, you may bring up to five original pieces of your art as well as your business cards to display next to your work.
HOW TO APPLY: Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, website, two JPEGs of your work and primary social media handle.
Stay tuned for more details of Summer Fest Eve – as well as the festival itself!
6:16 PM: It’s on! You are invited to get out and enjoy the June 2018 West Seattle Art Walk right now. We featured this month’s map and venue list in our daily preview – one of this month’s featured venues is Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor), with three watercolor artists in the house tonight, and Click! shared the photo. Remember that food and beverage venues are on the list too, some with specials you can enjoy while out on the Art Walk. More to come!
7:51 PM: On the other side of the street, we stopped by CAPERS (4525 California SW), which is spotlighting painter Magdalena Cooney:
While you’re there, wish proprietor Lisa Myers “happy anniversary”:
CAPERS has been in business for 33 years!
Here again is tonight’s map/venue list – with places you’ll find food and drink specials, as well as places with art:
ADDED 6:37 PM: Stop by Wallflower Custom Framing (4735 42nd SW) and meet artist Heidi Bruns Shank:
The display description explains that her “series ‘Adapting Clarity’ explores individuality of sight and perception.”
7:30 PM: Also in The Junction, Graystone Mortgage in Jefferson Square is featuring art by Chief Sealth International High School students – including Tuvy!
Says the WSAW preview: “The student art … on display represents work from the beginning Drawing/Painting class and the International Baccalaureate Art program.” Between there and WSB HQ, we stopped at Locöl for Graham Vittum, presented by the Bruno B Art Colletif:
Next month’s Art Walk – always the second Thursday – is June 14th.
Sunbreak! Just in time for you to spend a while on the first West Seattle Art Walk of spring:
AT VISCON CELLARS: This quarter, Viscon Cellars (WSB sponsor) is showcasing the work of West Seattle mixed-media artist Jessie Summa Russo. You can meet her at the tasting room while viewing her art tonight until 9 pm. Viscon waives tasting fees for Art Walk participants – and you can nosh on pasta and cake tonight, too. “Lemon ricotta olive oil ciambellone cake,” to be specific, as Jessie describes it.)
Here’s the full map/list for tonight and the May and June second Thursday West Seattle Art Walks:
ADDED 7:15 PM – AT VIRAGO: You can stop by Virago Gallery‘s new location for its “soft open” during Art Walk tonight:
We first reported back in February that proprietor Tracy Cilona was moving her gallery/store around the corner to 4537 California SW – and now she’s there!
Across the street:
AT CLICK! Salyna Gracie is drawing quite a crowd at Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW; WSB sponsor) with her “Poisonous Beauty” paintings. If you can’t get to Click! in person, her paintings are available in their online store, too.
That’s the venue list and map for the spring season of the West Seattle Art Walk – second Thursdays in April, May, and June. Take a look to plan where you will stop tomorrow night starting at 5 pm – some venues have art, some venues have food/drink specials, some have both! You can preview many of the venues and artists via this update on the Art Walk website.
Venues are all over the peninsula, and the spring list includes these WSB sponsors:
Click! Design That Fits (4540 California SW) – “Deadly Beauty” by Salyna Gracie – a “recent collection of poisonous botanical paintings.”
Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW) – mixed-media art by Jessie Summa Russo, and no tasting fee for Art Walk-ers
Canna West Seattle (5435 California SW) – photos by Machel Spence
Alchemy (4717 42nd SW) – happy-hour menu all night for Art Walk-ers
We start your Thursday highlights with a big event that will get a regional spotlight:
MAYOR’S TOWN HALL ON GUN VIOLENCE: Mayor Jenny Durkan hosts a “town hall” in West Seattle for the second time in less than two weeks. This one, however, has a very specific topic: Gun violence, and students’ advocacy to stop it. Here’s the announcement from last week. It’s set for 6:30-7:30 pm in the auditorium at Chief Sealth International High School, and all are welcome. (2600 SW Thistle)
Tonight’s other big event – the monthly West Seattle Art Walk! 5 pm until late. Here’s the venue list/map:
This month’s highlights – including art previews – are here. Perhaps the most unusual from that extensive list – free painting classes at 5:20 and 6:40 pm at Graystone Mortgage in Jefferson Square! Also scroll through the preview list for a sneak peek at these: WSB sponsor Canna West Seattle (5453 California SW) features work by Machel Spence starting at 4 pm; WSB sponsor Viscon Cellars (5910 California SW) is showcasing the work of Greta Musland (and tasting fees are waived for Art Walk-ers).And we’ve heard from a few others:
ZEKE BRUCKER: Showing at Locöl (7902 35th Ave SW) and will be there – beer specials, too.
GRAHAM VITTUM: Showing at Freshy’s (2735 California Ave SW)
AERONAUTICAL TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE: Want to find out about studying for a career in these fields? 6-7 pm, stop by this open house at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) – full details in our calendar listing. And check our calendar for other SSC programs’ upcoming info sessions, too. (6000 16th SW)
WORDS, WRITERS, WEST SEATTLE: This month’s featured writer is David B. Williams, talking about “Seattle Walks,” in this free monthly author series at Southwest Library, presented by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society. (9010 35th SW)
SECOND THURSDAY OUT! This monthly Senior Center of West Seattle-organized gathering for LGBTQ people, friends, and allies starts at 6 pm at Great American Diner and Bar for dinner, followed by an optional trip over to ArtsWest for tonight’s 7:30 pm performance of “Hir” – see the calendar listing for a special ticket code. (4752 California SW)
THERE’S A LOT MORE – just browse our complete-calendar page to see!
6:28 PM: Thanks to Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor) for the photo – they’re hosting Portland artist George Perrou tonight, for the February 2018 edition of the West Seattle Art Walk. As we mentioned in today’s daily preview – where you’ll also find the venue map/list of every venue participating tonight – George’s work is also on this quarter’s official Art Walk poster. Stop by and say hi sometime in the next few hours!
7:20 PM: Another highlight tonight – student work at ArtsWest. It includes students from Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School; we found two WSHS students when we stopped by:
Above, Quinn Fitzgerald; below, Arwen Blazier.
The students’ work, comprising an exhibit titled Visual Narratives, will be up at ArtsWest through this weekend.
You’ll soon see that poster around West Seattle – it’s the official poster for the West Seattle Art Walk first-quarter dates (first Thursdays as usual – January 11, February 8, March 8), featuring art by George Perrou. Every quarter, there’s also a venue map/list, of retailers, galleries, restaurants, etc. that agree to be open late that night while hosting an artist and/or offering food/drink specials to make it a more-memorable night for folks out exploring West Seattle. Wherever you are on the peninsula, there’s still time to get on that list for the first-quarter Art Walk nights if you do it here no later than New Year’s Eve (Sunday)!
6:06 PM: Santa Claus is in The Junction! It’s a double-special night – the second-to-last Shop Late Thursday before Christmas, and the holiday edition of the West Seattle Art Walk. Also roaming The Junction right now – the Silver Belles carolers, who you might recall from the Hometown Holidays Tree Lighting celebration almost two weeks ago. We caught them here in the distance:
Lots of other highlights tonight – places to stop, things to see – check our preview from last night to find the Art Walk venue list and Shop Late highlights. And again, it’s not just The Junction – Art Walk venues are all over West Seattle, like Welcome Road Winery (3804 California SW; WSB sponsor) in South Admiral:
ADDED LATE THURSDAY NIGHT: More photos! Eight artists’ work – including the Mug Show – at Click! Design That Fits (WSB sponsor):
Next, CAPERS had a multi-artist show too, and Santa caught up with some of the artists (L-R below, Stephanie Hargrave, Christine Olson, Magdalena Cooney, Genna Draper, Amy Stone):
Meantime, the Silver Belles caroled on – below, outside Wild Rose Antiques:
Art at Virago Gallery:
Santa visited Emerald Water Anglers (WSB sponsor) to get some ideas on how to spend the offseason:
Merry Shop Late Thursday to all, and to all a good night!
The Easy Street Records marquee, by the way, reminds everyone that Caspar Babypants is live in-store Saturday at 6:30 pm – and right outside at the Farmers’ Market on Sunday, bring coats for the donation drive AND catch the Santa Trolley nearby – more on the Hometown Holidays page.